Blazers turn in best outing of season to sweep Altas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 15, 2017 04:47 PM
Blazers turn in best outing of season to sweep Altas
CLEAN SWEEP. Edward Dixon and CSB left no doubt in completing their season sweep of Perpetual.

College of St. Benilde in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament came via forfeiture and came at the expense of University of Perpetual Help.

This time around on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Blazers left no doubt on who was the better team, destroying the Altas by 28 points, 83-55.

The Taft-based team got off to a scorching 23-6 start and never lifted its foot off the pedal until the final buzzer.

It was, without a doubt, CSB’s biggest win in the season. “We wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends and finally, we were able to get over that hump,” head coach TY Tang said after they ensured that they still had a fighting chance in the tournament.

The two teams were matched up against each other to start the season and Perpetual came out on top, 69-65.

However, the Altas were clad in maroon then when they were scheduled to be donning their light uniforms.

As such, the decision was overturned in favor of the Blazers.

There were no questions whatsoever in their second round meeting as Tang’s team dominated most of the statistics: 30-19 in made field goals, 19-10 in assists, 16-29 in turnovers, and 42-26 in inside points.

“We had that motivation,” the head coach said. “We just wanted to prove a point that (season-opener) just slipped out of our hands.”

Edward Dixon had a second straight 20-point game with 21 points on top of seven rebounds in this one. Coming off a one-game suspension, Carlo Young also made his presence felt by scoring 14 points.

CSB’s lead grew to as high as 32 points in the final frame and in the end, they completed an elimination round sweep of Perpetual.

More importantly, at 3-9, they still have a chance, however slim it may be, at the Final Four. They’re not thinking about that just yet, however, as Tang said, “Our mindset right now is we want to win as much games as we want. What’s more important is top pick up learnings the rest of the way.”

On the other hand, the Altas’ playoff picture got dimmer as they suffered a shock defeat. With a 4-7 record, they fail to take a step forward and remain tied for seventh.

No one was in double-digit for them. MVP leader Prince Eze was shackled to only six points.

BOX SCORES

CSB 83 – Dixon 21, Leutcheu 14, Young 14, Domingo 11, Naboa 6, Johnson 5, Belgica 4, Castor 3, Pili 2, Velasco 2, Suarez 1, Sta. Maria 0, San Juan 0, Mercado 0

PERPETUAL 55 – Pido 9, Hao 8, Eze 6, Dagangon 6, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Coronel 3, Clemente 3, Ylagan 2, Cabiltes 2, Mangalino 2, Tamayo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-9, 47-23, 65-38, 83-55

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